Well Rogers is going to be screwing the Canadian's royally that's for sure. The details are here for the new iPhone plans. But a quick precis.
- A three year mandatory contract. Yes three years, twice as long as O2, 1 year longer than AT&T.
- The top plan $115 a month (about 57 pounds or 133 US dollars) gets you 800 minutes daytime, unlimited evening and weeknds and 2gb of data.
- For an extra $20 a month you get "Caller ID, Who Called, Caller Ring Trax" and evenings starting at 6pm (apparently its normally 9pm)
Wow so that's a monthly cost $135 + $6.95 (system access fee) + 13% (plus GST and PST) = $5,776.56 in monthly fees over 3 years. Let's compare this to some other countries:
|Data||Daytime||Evenings||Text||Length||Cost per month||Handset cost|
|US||Unlimited||450||Unlimited||200||24 months||70 CAD||200 CAD + 36 CAD|
|UK||Unlimited||1200||Unlimited||500||18 months||~90 CAD||Free|
|Canada||2GB||800||Unlimited||300||36 months||~160 CAD||199 CAD|
Shame on Rogers and shame on Apple, who know damn well what the costs were going to be. I can only hope the sales are dismal and instead in 6 months time Rogers loosen up or competition comes into the market place.